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A Dannevirke service station has been listed as a Location of Interest following a positive case of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health website, updated at 5pm yesterday, listed Caltex Westlow as a Location of Interest on Thursday the 23rd of December between 12.24pm and 1.45pm.

Anyone who was at the location between those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after being exposed.

If symptoms develop, advice is to get a test and stay at home until a negative result is returned.

The MidCentral District Health Board said Caltex Westlow is considered to be a casual contact event and low-risk for the general public.


A positive COVID-19 result has been returned for a Napier resident.

Hawke's Bay DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said the case was safely isolating at home with appropriate health and welfare supports in place.

Dr Jones said all known close contacts of the case had been identified, were isolating and being tested for COVID-19.

He said investigations as to how the positive case contracted COVID-19 are underway.

Any locations of interest are also being investigated and will be added to the Ministry of Health website.

Dr Jones said it was crucial anyone with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, got tested for COVID-19 even if they were vaccinated.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, drive-in testing is available between 9am and 4pm today behind the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre.


Emergency services were called following an accident involving a truck and a horse near Waipukurau early yesterday.

The accident happened just after midnight on State Highway 2 near the intersection with Douglas Road.

It has been reported that the truck and trailer unit hit a horse, with the truck coming to a stop in a ditch.

The trucks driver was uninjured, however the horse died.